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Five Peaks: The hardest 100km you’ll ever do.

Man of Sperrin is the hardest 100km sportive you’ll ever do. Climbing Benbradagh, with its fearsome stretch of 27% gradient, is a feat in itself. Add The Birren, Slieve Gallion, Ballynagilly and The Brown Knowes and that’s 6,000ft of climbing, all covered in just 100km. Yes, it’s a festival of pain, but the scenery is wonderful!

If a sportive on flat roads no longer hold much of an appeal, maybe it’s time you took on a challenge that will test you to the absolute limit. With Man of Sperrin: Five Peaks, that’s a guarantee. We promise.

Two Peaks: Entry Level Event.

Not just ready for the full Five Peaks challenge yet? No problem. Try our entry level route: Man of Sperrin: Two Peaks. With two demanding climbs and some spectacular views it might just whet your appetite to come back next year and have a crack at Benbradagh!

Here come the details.

You decide.

FIVE PEAKS

OWENBEG – BENBRADAGH – THE BIRREN – SLIEVE GALLION – BALLYNAGILLY – THE BROWN KNOWES – OWENBEG (62 miles)

(THE RED ROUTE – click to view)

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TWO PEAKS

OWENBEG – THE BIRREN – THE BROWN KNOWES – OWENBEG (23 miles)

(THE BLUE ROUTE – click to view)

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Can I fundraise for charity?

Of course you can!

Here’s some information on ‘How To’:

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;

they just have the heart.”

– Elizabeth Andrew

Registration

We have a number of registration options for each of the two challenges.

N.B. The earlier you register, the cheaper it is.

Option 3

£2500once
  • 5 Peak Challenge

Option 4

£1500once
  • 2 Peak Challenge
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“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

– Muhammad Ali

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Some things you need to know

  • For guaranteed entry entries must be completed on line prior to the event online by 1st June
  • As well as guaranteeing you place online pre-entry will save you time on the day of the event allowing you to simply pick up your registration pack from the ‘Pre entered collection point’ and avoid having to queue up.
  • On the day entries are available at the event as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £5.00 per person surcharge.
  • We don’t use timing chips as it might encourage cyclists to take unnecessary risks to achieve a faster time. Most smartphones and bike computers can link up to Strava if you wish to compare your time with others post-event.

“When my legs hurt, I say: ‘Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!’”

– Jens Voigt

FAQ

The event is organised by volunteer members of Club Derry alongside the Train Station Gym, Maghera. Club Derry is a not for profit organisation and is the the largest single sponsor of Gaelic Games in County Derry. Club Derry members commit to an ongoing financial contribution to coaching and games development in the county, as well as helping fund infrastructure projects such as the flagship training facility at Owenbeg Derry GAA Centre.

Once we have covered the cost of making this event as safe, memorable and enjoyable as possible all remaining funds will go to supporting all aspects of Gaelic games in County Derry.

In the Man of Sperrin team our ambition matches our landscape for grandness. The Sperrin Mountains are one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, and whilst we don’t want to diminish their remote splendour, we do want people to know how wonderful they are, particularly for cycling!

So if you’re over 18 years and as passionate about the terrain as much as we are, you’re welcome to join us as a Man of Sperrin volunteer.

We have an experienced and talented core group of volunteers available. However, we need more to deliver the participant experience to the level we believe best reflects our event for the long term.

The personal benefits of volunteering may surprise you. They include:

  • Experience of event management
  • Skill development
  • Being part of an iconic event
  • CV development
  • Personal development
  • A sense of pride and identity – Become a Volunteer of Sperrin!

We require volunteers to help with marshaling, meet and greet, catering, rest stops, photography and media. If you feel you have something to offer and want to come on board, drop us a message through the website or contact us on our social media channels.

The official on-road time is 9am. We will publish further instructions and timings regarding registration and pre-event details in due course.

For general help and assistance just ask a volunteer, they’ll be easily identified by their event t-shirt or high viz. You can also flag down a support car or motorbike marshal. For emergencies use the numbers provided on your wristband.

No.

Absolutely not. A bag isn’t essential, will probably slow you down and use up valuable energy. Travel as light as possible. Use your jersey pockets to carry stuff. If you feel you need to carry lots of things use a bar bag or pannier bag instead.

As long as it’s roadworthy… yes. We’d recommend a road bike or a hybrid bike with skinny tyres – they’ll cover the ground a lot quicker and use less of your energy. The heavier the bike and the chunkier the tyres – the longer and tougher it gets. It is already tough enough!

There’s no time limit – however we expect the majority of riders to be finished between 11:00 and 1300. We will have out riders and marshals on the course so no one will be left on the routes and the facilities will be available until every one is finished.

No – we do everything on the morning of the event. When you register on-line you will get a receipt of payment. At that stage we have your name and address on the data base. You simply come to the sign-on area on the morning, find your name on the sign-on sheets, sign on, pick up your wristband, helmet numbers and remind yourself once again of the safety instructions before going to the start line.

No. Everything is done on-line through the website.. If we have not already reached our maximum number of entrants we may accept entrants on the morning of the event for registration. Please note enrty may not be guaranteed and there is a £5 surcharge for entry on the day.

We have chosen 2 very different challenges to cater for different abilities. Our 5 peak challenge is an extreme course designed to test battle hardened cyclists. For those with not as many miles in the tank and for those with a base level of fitness and new to cycling we offer the scenic route. Tough, but worth it!

Our base for the event will be the Owenbeg Derry GAA Centre. At the facility you can enjoy:

  • ample off road parking
  • hot showers
  • changing areas
  • massage area
  • bike maintenance area
  • complimentary hot food after the event

Our event is registered as an offical Cycling Ireland event. ALl participants with a cycling ireland membership can ride under their own license. We will facilitate all non members the opportunity to acquire a one day license and associated insurance for a cost of £5 – the form will need to be filled in on the day. There will also be an opt out option those wishing to opt out will be reuired to sign a waiver form on the day prior to participation.

All announcements and updates not already on the website will be done on this website and on facebook page and twitter. Please like and follow the following Facebook and Twitter links for updates and to help us promote the event.

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Sunday 11 June 2017